Talking prescription labels

"Refills remaining 2. Warning: take with food or milk." This scriptalk, a new audio device that can be programmed to read everything  written on a prescription label. Using a special printer, the pharmacist creates a label with a microchip imbedded in it. A small antenna in the label sends the signal from the microchip to the box that reads and speaks the information on the label. The volume and pitch of the digital voice is adjustable. "I'm all for that talking for it to tell you what do to," said Dr. Bruce Gaynes. Though preliminatry testing of scriptalk at a veterans administration hospital yielded encouraging results, optometrist and doctor of pharmacy Bruce Gaynes plans the first large-scale study with seniors living independently some of whom will use the scriptalk, others conventional prescription label. "We will organize with their primary care physician to track how they utilize their medication. This will be over a six-month probably a 12-month period, maybe even longer, to see what effect the group that has the device, how they utilize their medication in comparison to a group that does have this type of device." The scriptalk system costs approximately 250 dollars for the talking box, 1700 dollars for the special printer, and just two dollars per microchip label. Dr. Gaynes says it research confirms the system reduces  medication errors, the savings in fewer deaths , hospitalizations and other care related to those errors could well justify the cost of the system to insurance companies managed care plans, and even consumers themselves.